Our youth program is re-imagining Scouting for the 21st century. But what’s changing, and what should we expect when the old meets new?
This new program is being progressively implemented across Australia. As we see, hear and discuss the changes, there’s some important differences to be aware of.
When Old Meets New compares our old ways of doing things with the approach of the new youth program.
This poster has previously been viewed at major events and on the Scouts Australia website. Now you can download it here and put it up in your hall or meeting space!
The poster is available in the Scout Group Support tab, on the Other Resources page.
It would compliment nicely the Elements of the Program Poster, also found under the Scout Group Support tab.
Finally released is the new uniform diagram showing the layout of badges on youth members’ uniforms. This replaces all other versions, although there is plenty of time to transition. You can find the new diagram under the Group Support tab on the Other Resources page.
Direct download from this link.
In order to better organise badges in a logical way, to enhance the visual appeal of the uniform celebrating the individual achievements of each Scout, and to better align space on the uniform shirt for youth members of all ages, we undertook a review of the entire uniform layout and badge designs, based on the program’s symbolic framework of one program, one journey.
There was also a very strong desire from the Scouting community to enable all peak awards a Scout has achieved, to be worn on the uniform at once. This also created a need for a redesign of the overall badge design and uniform layout.
This new layout can be implemented over the following three years or so. It would make sense to allow Scouts to start using it once they have progressed to the next section, or earlier if they prefer. New members should go straight to this layout. In other words, there is no need for Scouts to change the layout that they currently have on their uniform until they move to the next section.
Along with the new layout are redesigns of the Additional Award badges, the Unit Leader badge, the Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader scarf slides (patrol member role identifiers), and the patrol identity scarf slider. New designs are now becoming available for purchase from the national Scout Shop, or from your Branch’s supplier.
You will notice that the uniform layout is organised into three themed panels:
- Right Sleeve – My Identity – recognises where you do most of your Scouting, and the additional awards you have achieved.
- Left Sleeve – My Journey – celebrates and recognises your growth across the Achievement Pathways, mainly Outdoor Adventure Skills, Special Interest Areas, and your peak awards.
- Front Panels and Scarf – My Involvement – recognises your active involvement in the program, including the Program Essentials Milestones, major events, patrol identification, and your formal leadership roles.
The National Operations Committee approved the new layout and badge designs earlier this year.
Some updates have been made to the peak award notification forms. These forms are used to notify your branch/state office of a Scout who has completed their peak award in any section, and would like for their achievement to be recorded and the award to be sent out.
The main changes are an update of the email addresses for each branch to which you send the form, and the updated names of the peak awards.
The notification forms can be found on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Peak Awards tab.
Three of our Achievement Pathways resources have had a makeover and have been updated. Changes include:
- Scouts Australia branding update
- Removal of the “Pioneers” and “draft” labeling
- Terminology updates
- Minor changes based on program tweaks and icon updates
- Strengthening of Sustainable Development Goals in the program and Achievement Pathways
The resources updated are:
Head over to the Achievement Pathways page to find these resources.
The Elements of the Program Poster has been updated to reflect revised program symbolism.
- The original icons for the age sections have now been replaced by the Scouts Australia age section logos.
- The new peak award images have replaced the old award scheme badge images.
This magnificent poster can be found on the Other Resources page of the resources website, under the Group Support tab. These make great posters for the wall of your hall, and become an easy reference point for every aspect of the program.
The Rover Scout notification form for the completion of the B-P Scout Award has had further updates and corrections.
It can be found in the Peak Awards tab of the Achievement Pathways page.
The Peak Award Notification forms have been updated.
The main change is now the ability to electronically complete the form and email it back.
They have also been updated with new branding and removal of the “Pioneers” mark and the “DRAFT” watermark.
The forms can be found under the Peak Awards tab, on the Achievement Pathways page.
The S2P Converter, for guiding your conversions from the old award scheme badges to the new Achievement Pathways, has been updated to version 3.4.
This update corrects some of the conversions and how they are written. You can see a complete list in the change log.
You can access the converter at s2p.scouts.com.au
The S2P Converter, for guiding your conversions from the old award scheme badges to the new Achievement Pathways, has been updated to version 3.1.2.
This update adds a notice about picking up OAS related achievements from previous sections.
You can access the converter at s2p.scouts.com.au